The MRes (A&D) is project led. Students identify a research topic and question/s and build upon that, whilst learning a range of research methods and by testing their ideas in a supportive but rigorous community of artist and designer researchers. The course starts with no preconception whatsoever with regards to where students projects might start or how they might develop and has an open mind with regard to the possibilities of creative research practices in Art & Design.
Our world leading research expertise in Cardiff School of Art & Design, which range from the empirical and scientific to the poetic and speculative. draws upon the Arts, Sciences, Humanities and Philosophies. We make full use of our Perceptual Experience Laboratory (PEL), our MIT-FabLab as well as our extensive range of artefact and image making workshops, specialist studios and our traditional and digital technologies. We encourage projects that seek to work in a multidisciplinary, co-disciplinary or transdisciplinary way with other research disciplines as well as commercial and community sectors in society anywhere in the world and of course the other research centres across the wider University.
The programme length is three semesters full-time and six semesters part-time. Each of the credited modules runs for one semester.
- October to January: Semester One – Research Territories
- February to April: Semester Two – Research Skills
- May to September: Semester Three – Research Output
or for (full-time students only) an option is offered.
- October to January: Semester Three – Research Output
Full time students, may or may not choose to include a break during the Summer. Students may use this period as they see fit for family time or a vacation, personal research, work experience or to return to employment. Thus, a full-time student starting the programme in October may complete either the following September (by continuing the programme through July and August, 12 months duration) or the following January (when a break is taken over the Summer period, 18 month duration).
UK/EU students must notify the programme and school of their intentions prior to commencing the ‘Research Output’ module in semester three.
Students from outside of the UK/EU must notify the Programme, School and International Office prior to initial visa application.
First Semester ART7111 - Students begin by undertaking a module that is designed to orientate them around a research idea and territory, to develop their ability to focus and also to develop their self-confidence with art and design research in its many forms. The module is closely taught and supervised around a series of seminars that are conducted in a spirit of open intellectual generosity and rigorous interrogation of ideas. By the end of the module students will have a clear sense of their research, its feasibility and their place in its developing ‘territory’.
Second Semester - Students then undertake a specialised Research Skills module in the second semester, embedding them more thoroughly and rigorously within a research route. The research skills training the MRes (A&D) programme offers is designed with students from varied backgrounds in mind. Besides being suitable for students who already have some experience of research in Art & Design, perhaps at undergraduate level, the programme has been designed to welcome a wider, global, community. By the end of the module students will have gained the research expertise to underpin their ideas with a clear method of research as well as the skills to interrogate ideas and data.
Third Semester - Students conclude the programme by undertaking a final module which enables them to develop a brief research thesis (in the form of a text supporting a body of practice and/or a text) as well a draft proposal for a generic initial, research degree scoping proposal at Cardiff Met or any other University. At the end of this module students will have a clear sense of their potential future as a research degree student.
Semester One and Two – A single 0 credited module runs alongside the other modules it provides a series research and Ideas seminars. The content of this module is determined by the research activity of CSAD staff. Staff and PhD, DProf students elect to run a series of seminars, based on their research in art and design, and which will invite further enquiry from students, underpinned by specific theoretical and historical material. Each speaker is invited to share their research work for 45 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of formal Q&A and then informal discussions.
Learning & Teaching
The programme is designed to be an enriching and rigorous student centred learning experience, orientated around personalised tutorial support and guidance. The course is collaborative, intellectually generous and supportive and designed to provide students with an opportunity to engage in thoughtful and sustained reflection, scholarship and focus as well as an opportunity for speculative exploration and inquisitive enquiry.
The programme will accommodate all types of directed and speculative art & design research. It is designed to enable future doctoral expertise orientated around the development of a research expertise in Art, Design and Architecture. In keeping with the School’s approach to research, the programme will not specifically distinguish between ‘theory’ and ‘practice’ as modes of research but will take a holistic, broad and inclusive – yet ultimately rigorous - approach to research skills development oriented around – the best way to answer the identified research question. Students taking the programme can align with specific research and experimental practice pathways, led by academic staff with established practice careers and/or advanced scholarship and research.
The programme is taught primarily through seminar with individualised supervisory meetings to develop a research plan (part of the early PDP process) and an individualised programme of learning and individualised supervision towards a creative research outcome, defined and monitored by robust PDP. There will be research lectures.
All credited modules are assessed via a ‘portfolio’ comprising coursework, including text and presentation, viva-voce and practice if appropriate and as detailed in the module description, handbook and briefing documentation.
The portfolio assessment is critical to Masters level assessment in Art & Design and is a long-established and widely used methodology in that field. The portfolio assessment is familiar to undergraduate students and has been used for some years in the other programmes in the school of Art and Design and has proved very successful. The portfolio assessment is designed with the transdisciplinary and inter-disciplinary nature of Art and Design practice and research in mind. Art and Design research commonly combines textual material with creative practice in varying amounts, accordingly the portfolio assessment consists of a combination of:
- Academic text
- Speculative text
- Directed text (i.e. Research Proposal)
- Viva Voce
These items are not assessed as individual items but taken as a body of work in a single ‘portfolio’ assessment to arrive at a single summative mark. It is the responsibility of the student to reflect upon what it is necessary for them to present in their portfolio in order to meet the learning outcomes and to ensure in their viva voce that they can convey critical insight and depth of knowledge in the connectivity and coherence between the various forms of text-practice-presentation-exhibition.
Employability & Careers
A postgraduate qualifications in Art and/or Design research this programme provides an excellent foundation for a career in creative research, as an arts professional who undertakes any form of research driven practice in their field, or for anyone planning to go on to complete a PhD or DProf. The programme is ideal for students who want to prepare for doctoral level research in Art & Design or to develop a range of creative research skills in order to enhance their practice or career, nationally and internationally.
The MRes (A&D) concludes with the development of a Personal Research Development Plan. This is intended to provide evidence of students’ Mastery of research in Art & Design as well as provide a document that can be useful when applying for future Doctoral study at any University
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
A good undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or above) is normally required for entry. However, applicants with relevant professional experience or qualifications are welcomed and will be considered individually and students who have a weaker overall undergraduate degree but who have demonstrated excellence in the theoretical aspects of Art & Design will also be considered.
Once a student application has been received they may be invited in person or by Skype (or similar) for a short meeting with the Programme Director or nominee to discuss the programme in more detail and consider how the programme will suit their background and future needs.
How to Apply:
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Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer towww.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.
Charges are per Single Module unless specified: Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits Generally we find most students will complete 60 credits per year for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate study; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the Programme Director directly.